Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (R) and Nakamura Shikan IV (L) as Street Musicians

「市村羽左衛門」(十三代目) 影人坊  「中村芝翫」(四代目) 影人坊

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 8th month
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Kameya Iwakichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-6868 (R), 101-6869 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 32.4 x 49.7 cm (12 3/4 x 19 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22593-4

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.22593 (left), 11.22594 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.22593-4, 11.3795a-b

Play: Tamuke no Shikishi Kakitsu no Futsutsuka
Theater: Ichimura
法四季紙家橘拙(たむけのしきしかきつのふつつか)
 市村

Signed

Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (on each sheet)
一魁斎芳年画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ko-Kane (on left sheet only)
改印:戌八改
彫師:彫子兼

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection